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tsc_knitter
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Posted - 03/09/2006 :  7:22:14 PM  Show Profile Send tsc_knitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Did any one check out Nikki Epstien's new felted bags book. She has some beautiful and amazingly creative designs! I could spend hours reading through that book, but I'm not likely to do any of the projects. I think they were a bit fashion avant-garde for me!

What did you think?

Inkmama
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Posted - 03/09/2006 :  7:50:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Inkmama's Homepage Send Inkmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love that book. I just looked through it yesterday. It was a tossup between that book and the folk bags book. Great patterns! Once I finish my Weekend Getaway Satchel, I'll know if I want to do more intarsia (I think I will....).
Barbara


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RoseM
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Posted - 03/10/2006 :  3:37:33 PM  Show Profile Send RoseM a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, that book will eventually make it home with me too! They're a bit over the top - statement bags to say the least. Lots of ideas there and the Swan will definitely be made - Bjork eat your heart out.
RoseM
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charli@snet.net
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USA
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Posted - 04/05/2006 :  04:52:08 AM  Show Profile Send charli@snet.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm making the Jacobean right now and it's going much quicker than I expected. Probably because I usually do intarsia on 2 or 3's!

I didn't think I'd like a bag, but I think I'm going to make more!
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klfrazier
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Posted - 04/05/2006 :  05:58:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit klfrazier's Homepage Send klfrazier a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Isn't the one bag - I think now called the Jacobean - the exact same one that she put in IK in the fall of 2004? If so, it's the only one of these I would actually knit, and has been on my to-do list since I received that IK. If anyone has both that issue of IK and the book I would love it if you could double check those patterns for me.

The rest of the designs are way too far out there for my taste. Most of them look like she just took a good idea and went too far.

I received Woodland Woolwork's catalog yesterday and they've kitted all of the purses. I haven't seen the actual book yet, but they had all of the pictures in their catalog so that they could advertise the kits. (This is actually why I want someone to check the patterns...I'll order the kit if they are the same!)

Kristin
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azblueskies
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Posted - 04/05/2006 :  07:49:41 AM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just saw these featured in the Woodland Woolwork's catalog and I didn't see any that I would want to make. I agree with Kristin.

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kbshee
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Posted - 04/05/2006 :  08:13:47 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm so torn....I think the designs are incredibly imaginative and look like they would be so fun to knit. On the other hand, I would never carry any of these bags, and I can't think of anyone I know who would either.

kim in oregon
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charli@snet.net
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USA
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Posted - 04/05/2006 :  09:04:33 AM  Show Profile Send charli@snet.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'll check tonight to see if I have the fall 2004 issue and will check the pattern as well, but I believe that it is the exact same one as I've seen that posted someplace else
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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 04/05/2006 :  09:43:41 AM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I got the book and the kit for the bag yesterday. I am taking a class from So Much Yarn on the Jacobean next month. I think the bags are cute and would like to do a couple more if the first one turns out alright, but next time use the Peruvian Wool from Elann dbl. Cheaper. I would like to do the Fuschia bag I love it. So Much Yarn in Seattle had all the bags at the Madrona Fiber Retreat and all are great looking. I could see using just for the fun of it. Yes the Jacobean was in the 2004. I liked it then too! The kitty/mouse bag would be cute for my gd and the Swan bag was fantastic, although I would pass on the one.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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klfrazier
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Posted - 04/05/2006 :  09:52:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit klfrazier's Homepage Send klfrazier a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Zola - Have you compared the yarn amounts and colors for the Jacobean bag in the two seperate publications? I don't want to buy the book, but will order the kit if those are the same.

The picture in Woodland Woolworks looks almost like there have been some changes made in the structure of the bag, but I can't be sure. I adored the original design, and that would be the one I would want to use. (Plus, there's no need to buy the book for one pattern if I already own it!)

Thanks!
Kristin
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charli@snet.net
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USA
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Posted - 05/08/2006 :  05:03:26 AM  Show Profile Send charli@snet.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I finished knitting Jacobean and it was beautiful! The operative word here is WAS though! When I tried felting it, the dye ran (kind of a pretty blue) and it muddied up the becautiful pinks and greens! So now I'm left with something very muted. I can probably emproider over it in the colors to accent and maybe add some beads, but I'm quite disappointed. I do have enough colored yarn to make another try of it, if I buy the brown, but I think for now I'm going to sit tight.

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tyffaneesue
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Posted - 05/08/2006 :  08:59:56 AM  Show Profile Send tyffaneesue a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by charli@snet.net

When I tried felting it, the dye ran (kind of a pretty blue) and it muddied up the becautiful pinks and greens! So now I'm left with something very muted.



What yarn did you use?
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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 05/08/2006 :  09:10:54 AM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
KD did I answer your ?. The answer is Yes they are the same. There is a error in the pattern: When you start do the dowl casing, ridge and then to the back you should do 3 rows of purl and then start the chart. I started a class yesterday on the Jacobean. That is what she told us in class, she called someone about it. I hope what I just wrote makes sense.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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charli@snet.net
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USA
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Posted - 05/08/2006 :  12:05:28 PM  Show Profile Send charli@snet.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I used the yarn that came in the kit. Just what the pattern called for. I'd be interested to see how the person doing it in class makes out. I may give it another try as I have enough of the colored yarn and will only have to purchase the brown.

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